How To Get Started Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking has always looked like a fun way to keep mementos for your family.  If you have wondered how to get started scrapbooking, have no fear getting started scrapbooking is not hard at all. Here is how to start your first scrapbook project.

Gather Your Supplies

Start by gathering some scrapbook supplies. This can be anything that YOU like. A good starting point is some of those loose pictures you have stashed out of the way. I like to try and keep my scrapbooks to one or two themes. For example, one idea might be; “Fourth of July at the Lake.” If you’re unsure about layouts or designs, simply google “scrapbooking ideas for the fourth of july

Organize and categorize your scrapbook materials. Scrapbooks can cover any subject you want. If you keep your scrapbook to one or two subjects, then you can probably bypass this step. A scrapbook over a large subject like “Family” can be broken down into manageable categories such as school days, first job, first loves, family vacations, etc.

Create Your Layout

Visualize then Design the layout of your scrapbook. I like to take as much time as needed to design my scrapbooks. I like to try and visualize how I want my scrapbook to look and how I want it laid out. I like to use short phrases or sentences to describe the pictures. I also use titles for every page. Keep the page titles and pictures relevant. You wouldn’t want pictures of your first day at the job under “Our Bermuda Vacation.” This is also the time to pick out any decorations you might want in your scrapbook. Don’t overdo it!  Here is a video to help you get you started.

Scrapbooking Tips

Keep your photo’s in an acid-free photo box for best results. Shoe boxes are also good if you’re on a budget.

Be Yourself. If you’re making the scrapbook for yourself, then make it the way you want it! There’s no law that says you must make a scrapbook this way or that way. This is the beauty of scrapbooking.

Pick one photo to be the main theme of your scrapbook

Think before you cut. New scrapbookers are so excited, they tear into their photo’s and start cropping or cutting them out in all types of shapes. Before cutting any photo, have a designated place for it. Makes sure it’s going to work in that spot. I prefer to matt the photo rather than cut the photo itself.

Don’t cut the Polaroids! The chemicals inside can ruin other pictures. Again think about matting and overlays.  Or scan them into your computer and print them on photo paper.

KISS – Keep It Simple Scrapbookers! Nothing screams “AMATEUR” more than a scrapbook with every design, sticker, and decoration imaginable. Stick to a few shapes and designs for each theme.